Is Pacific Biosciences of California (PACB) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Pacific Biosciences of California (NASDAQ:PACB) was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. PACB investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with PACB positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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With these “truths” under our belt, we’re going to take a gander at the recent action encompassing Pacific Biosciences of California (NASDAQ:PACB).

How have hedgies been trading Pacific Biosciences of California (NASDAQ:PACB)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 0% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially.

Of the funds we track, James E. Flynn’s Deerfield Management had the largest position in Pacific Biosciences of California (NASDAQ:PACB), worth close to $12.2 million, accounting for 0.7% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Maverick Capital, managed by Lee Ainslie, which held a $8.8 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that are bullish include Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

Judging by the fact that Pacific Biosciences of California (NASDAQ:PACB) has experienced bearish sentiment from the smart money, it’s easy to see that there exists a select few funds that decided to sell off their full holdings last quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Mark Broach’s Manatuck Hill Partners said goodbye to the biggest investment of the 450+ funds we track, valued at about $0.9 million in stock.. Joseph Edelman’s fund, Perceptive Advisors, also cut its stock, about $0.1 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Pacific Biosciences of California (NASDAQ:PACB)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time frame, Pacific Biosciences of California (NASDAQ:PACB) has experienced 1 unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Pacific Biosciences of California (NASDAQ:PACB). These stocks are ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ:ZIOP), Chelsea Therapeutics International Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHTP), Geron Corporation (NASDAQ:GERN), ImmunoCellular Therapeutics Ltd (NYSEAMEX:IMUC), and Targacept, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRGT). This group of stocks belong to the biotechnology industry and their market caps are closest to PACB’s market cap.

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